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Bjarke Ingels and SANAA are Joining forces and paving the way to the…. unbelievable “Conscious Inspiration” building

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2012 by eliinbar

From eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012, SANAA and the “Shifted Buildings Trend”

Just unbelievable….

On a regular basis I introduced in this blog, a variety of “Conscious Inspiration” examples.

This time,  I came across the ultimate example of the “Conscious inspiration building”……

or maybe not….

For you to judge….

The next building undoubtedly is an honorary member in the privileges group of the “Shifted buildings”

 Saraiva & Associados Arquitectura Urbanismo

 proposal  for the Two Towers project

competition in China 2011 

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The  Saraiva & Associados Arquitectura Urbanismo’s  proposal  for the Two Towers project  has a Typology that is  identified  with the “Shifted Buildings Trend

For more information and a lot of examples for the ” Shifted Buildings” see my next sketch , and visit my previous post “Typology of Shifted Buildings  – “Conscious Inspiration

from  eliinbar’s sketchbook 2010  SANAA and the  “Shifted Buildings Trend”

A calculate guess …. Like most of the Shifted buildings

Probably Saraiva & Associados Arquitectura Urbanismo  are inspired by the SANAA’s very familiar Museum of Contemporary Art, in New York ….shown in the next image.

SANAA Architects

Museum of Contemporary Art

New York City 2002– 2007

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Now lets See the next clip….this is a clip representing

 Saraiva & Associados Arquitectura Urbanismo’s  design strategies….

Does It seems familiar? ….Did you recognize the architect’s design strategies?

Well… Saraiva & Associados Arquitectura Urbanismo’s  design strategies, look  in the video clip exactly like  BIG’s Augmented reality design strategy

For more information about BIG’s “Augmented reality design strategy” (emphasizing the building’s morphology planning given the weather conditionslooks at the viewtraffic systems, etc.) see  my next sketch, and visit my previous post “Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG….how they do it?”

A warm recommendation…. Locate presentations showing  BIG’s “Augmented reality design strategy”  in YouTube

Here is one I like …. 

From eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012 , BIG’s architects “Augmented reality design strategy

What did I learn from this post?

Architects have varied inspiration Sources ….

The first type of inspiration is basic and common ….I call it the “Visual Inspiration” Easy to identify, and characterized by architectural trends.  (Like the “Shifted buildings” trend)

The second type of inspiration is based on research…. I call it the “Design Strategy Inspiration”. It requires knowledge and analytical skills. (Like BIG’s architects “Augmented reality design strategy”)

Recently, colleagues encouraged me to publish a “very small book”, With a collection of common planning strategies, explained through my sketches….

What do you think about it?


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More examples of buildings inspired by the

Shifted Buildings Trend

Believe me,  there are much more….

Le Corbusier is here…. and his alive ….

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2012 by eliinbar

From  eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012 – Wang Shu’s inspiration Sources

The Chinese architect Wang Shu, has been awarded the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

I must confess….
I was unfamiliar with the work of  Shu Wang,

In this post I present a building designed by Shu Wang….The new Art Academy in Hangzhou  China.

It is really hard to ignore the  inspiration sources of this building….there is a strong sense that Le Corbusier is still among us…. working in China….

The design strategy adopted by Shu Wang In China Is a combination of modernist architectural citations along with awareness to local materials and local construction methods …

It reminds me Le Corbusier’s approach. while planning Chandigarh  in India, in the 1950s.

Here are Selected photos of the New Art Academy Hangzhou designed by Wang Shu,  and his possible sources of inspiration….   For you to judge….

Amateur Architecture Studio / Wang Shu architect

  New Art Academy Hangzhou China

published in Arch daily  IN  2009

Le Corbusier Architect

Unité d ‘ Habitation Rezé

Nantes,France built from 1952 to 1954

Amateur Architecture Studio / Wang Shu architect 

New Art Academy Hangzhou China

published in Arch daily  in  2009

Le Corbusier and Iannis Xenakis Architects

Sainte Marie de La Tourette monastery

in a valley near Lyon, France 1953-1960

Amateur Architecture Studio / Wang Shu architect 

New Art Academy Hangzhou China

published in Arch daily  in  2009

Hans Sharoun Architect

Philharmonic building in Berlin-Tiergarten

Germany 1960-1963

Amateur Architecture Studio / Wang Shu architect 

 New Art Academy Hangzhou China

 published in Arch daily  in  2009

SANAA rchitects

Zollverein School of  Management & Design

Essen,Germany 2003-2006

What did I learn from this post?

1. Wang Shu actually designs his buildings according to the principles of the conscious inspiration method.

2. He chooses wisely Le Corbusier to be his main inspiration source….(And others).
3. He developed a planning strategy refers to his projects surrounding environment..

4. He consciously cites his sources of inspiration.

and finally he is awarded the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize .


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Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG….how they do it?

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2012 by eliinbar

From  eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012 – the “conscious inspiration method”

In my last post I tried to find out if  BIG’s architecture is based on the principles of “conscious inspiration”.

In this post I will elaborate this issue through the following example….

In 2003 Snohetta Architects designed the Oslo Opera House shown in the next image.

A building with unique architectural characteristic.

A Kind of a new experience….a building that’s simply allows people to enjoy walking on it….

Snohetta Architects Oslo Opera House Norway 2003-2007

From 2010 to 2011 BIG Architects designed three unique buildings.

Buildings that’s allow people to enjoy their  morphology…. For purposes Such as skiing on the roof slope of the Amagerforbraending – waste treatment plant, or Cycling on the Curved roofs of the Danish-Pavilion in Shanghai Expo-2010. (these buildings are shown in the next images)

Their guiding design principle, I guess, is inspired consciously from the Snohetta’s Oslo Opera House .

BIG are not intimidated to get inspired from Snohetta’s Oslo Opera House. Once they develop their dsign tools, it leads them to high quality and creative architecture.

And this is “conscious Inspiration”…. see the following projects design by BIG ….for you to judge….

BIG architects

 Amagerforbraending – waste treatment plant and ski run

Copenhagen published 2011

BIG Architects

Musée National des Beaux-Arts

du Québec published 2010

You can read more about  BIG’s Design tools for this project  in Archdaily 

BIG Architects


Shanghai Expo-2010

I often mention the need for developing design tools as an important stage in our planning strategy….

The next images describe BIG’s design tools strategy.

This strategy is also common in other BIG’s projects.

See also BIG’s video in my previous post.

I call  this strategy …. the “Augmented reality strategy”

In other words emphasizing the building’s morphology planning given the weather conditions, looks at the view, traffic systems, etc.

BIG’s design tools strategy

Step One – Choose an existing structure as your inspiration source.

Step Two – Develop your appropriate design tools strategy ( In this case BIG’s “Augmented reality strategy)

Third phase– plan pragmatic utopian architecture” .

BIG  Architects

 Koutalaki Ski Village published 2011

You can read more about the Koutalaki Ski Village by BIG



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“Conscious Inspiration” the ultimate inspiration methodology

I invite you all to contribute in developing the attitude and tools towards the viability of the “Conscious Inspiration” Method.

The abundance of information in the Web affects us all, as I illustrate in my posts.

I believe that designing is a process formed from three main phases:  knowledge, tools and invention.

Knowledge”:  as many said, and wrote before – Knowledge is the foundation for all designing process. We architects and designers are obliged to be informed about everything that was designed in the past and on a daily basis….

Tools”:  develop tools to analyze buildings and “Understand” them,  tools that will cope with the abundance of architectural information… tools that encourage your planning process….tools matching your skills
and generating your creative process….

(You are invited to visit  earlier posts of  mine showing  leading architects  tools…. )

Invention”:  with the methodology of “conscious Inspiration” , we don’t need to be intimidated to get inspired from relevant buildings.  Once we develop our tools, it will lead us to high quality and creative architecture.